Campos Set To Return For Yankees
NEW YORK—Conventional wisdom says you need to give trades time to bake before deciding which side benefited more from the deal.
When it comes to the pitchers involved in the January 2012 deal between the Yankees and Mariners, however, the upcoming season has to be better than last year for New York.
That is certainly the Yankees' hope for righthander Jose Campos. Like Michael Pineda, the key for the Yankees in the trade that sent catcher Jesus Montero and righthander Hector Noesi to the Mariners, Campos suffered an arm injury. Unlike Pineda, who had shoulder surgery and is out until at least June, Campos didn't require surgery. A bone bruise not the result of getting hit by a ball in the elbow area limited Campos to five starts for low Class A Charleston.
"He has finished his rehab program and will be ready for the start of spring training,'' Yankees vice president Mark Newman said of the 20-year-old Campos.
The Yankees liked Campos before the injury and say nothing about that assessment has changed. "He has a real good arm, an excellent delivery and he throws strikes,'' Newman said of the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder from Venezuela who has 193 strikeouts and 56 walks in 196 minor league innings.
Campos has a chance to move into the top level of organizational pitching prospects quickly. Prized lefty Manny Banuelos is slated to miss the season due to elbow surgery, Dellin Betances' has struggled to throw strikes and Pineda's future remains uncertain due to surgery that general manager Brian Cashman called "tricky.'
• The Yankees signed 25-year-old outfielder Thomas Neal, who spent the 2012 season with the Indians, to a minor league contract. Neal made his major league debut last year and hit .314/.400/.467 in 117 Double-A games.
• In addition to Neal, Russ Canzler, Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera are other righthanded-hitting corner outfielders who will be in Yankees camp.